Update on Medina YDNA Project, July 8, 2014.
Starting in the fall 2013 I began trying to better understand the Medina YDNA code and trying to determine which lineages descend from Captain Diego de Medina. An interest in this surname was personal as my great grandmother was a Adelina Medina from Chacon, Mora but I was primarily sparked by an article published by Marilyn Herrera Britton in the Hispanic Genealogical Research Center Journal – Jan 2013: Vol.21:1, Who is the Progenitor of the Medina Family?
I began by cataloging and contacting Medinas that had tested thus far via the NM DNA Project. I then progressed to getting more male Medinas tested in order to get a better data set which is still a work in progress.
A synopsis of Marilyn’s article and other sources tell us:
That it appears that Capitan Diego de Medina is the progenitor for the Medina name in New Mexico. The article and other sources indicate that Capitan Diego de Medina was married to María Zapata Telles Jirón and they had the following children.
- Diego Medina, born in New Mexico; died Bef. 1750 in New Mexico.
- Lugarda Medina, born in New Mexico.
- Maria Antonia Catarina Medina, born in New Mexico; died Bef. 1779.
- Rosa Medina, born in New Mexico.
- Jose Ysidro Medina, born Abt. 1692 in Santa Fe, New Mexico
- Ramon Medina, born 1694 in New Mexico. He married (1) Juana Rodriguez2; died Bef. 1718 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He married (2) Valentina Montes de Oca Oct 09, 1718 in Santa Fe, New Mexico; born 1696.
- Juana Josefa Medina, born 1695 in New Mexico; died Bef. 1749 in New Mexico.
- Juana Medina, born 1700 in New Mexico.
From the list above we see that there are three males with potential of passing the Medina surname and YDNA of Captain Diego de Medina. The question to be answered is which of the three boys are legitimate, all, some or none. The article states that in the 1693 census his wife before their marriage had four orphans in her house. The names of the orphans are listed as Maria, Josefa, Ramon and Isidro Jose. The article suggests that these children must have been taken under the wings of Diego and given his surname.
This Medina study, like many of my other genetic genealogy studies is progressing at a slow rate. A review and double check of the genealogies for those tested is currently underway. At this point the majority of those tested have paper trails that trace back to Jose Ysidro Medina and the YDNA data is suggesting that Jose Ysidro may have been an orphaned Duran y Chavez child and the same one listed in the 1693 census. Results for Diego Jr. are Native American and lastly we have not been able to find any living male descendants of Ramon to test. Diego Jr. is not named on the orphan list and clearly born after Captain Diego and his wife Maria are married, so is he the true legitimate son of Captain Diego suggesting that the Captain was of paternal Indian descent? These are the questions that I am trying to answer and the purpose of this information is not to suggest any definitive answers but rather to solicit more Medinas to test so that we have a sound data set to try and make conclusions. If anyone has corrections or additional information please share.
 Diego Medinawas born Abt. 1674 in Durango, Mexico, and died Bef. 1717 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He married Maria Zapata Telles Jiron February 07, 1694 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, daughter of Jose Jiron and Catalina Romero. She was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico.